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The Susa gorilla group used to be the largest gorilla group in Volcanoes National Park with over 40 gorillas before it had a peaceful split, trek Susa A gorilla alone and exclusively. It was originally studied by Dian Fossey and lives on the slopes of mountain Karisimbi and is one of the most preferred gorilla groups by visitors. The group now contains over 28 members including 3 silverbacks.
Are you are planning to trek Susa gorilla family exclusively alone and you are wondering if it is possible to block permits and trek Susa gorilla family in Volcanoes National Park exclusively alone, yes this is very possible with Eco Adventure Safaris. Trekking Susa gorilla family exclusively alone will give you an opportunity to see mountain gorilla members of this family privately that is a given travel group alone or as an individual. For you to block all permits and trek Susa gorilla family exclusively alone you can either pay 100%, 70% or 30% in advance of the total of each permit. Each Gorilla permit in Rwanda Costs $1500 Per person per trek for the Foreign non residents, $500 Per person for foreign residents and $200 for East African Citizens (Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi and South Sudan), this gives you an opportunity to spend one hour encounter with the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. If you are planning to travel alone you will need to block and pay for all the gorilla permits trekking that specific day for Susa gorilla family. For a foreign nonresident, each gorilla permit costs USD1500 and Susa gorilla group has 8 permits available everyday this means you will pay for the entire gorilla permits that is 8 permits ($12000 for foreign non-residents) to block them and this will give you an opportunity to trek this gorilla group exclusively and privately alone i.e. with no other tourists only with ranger guides.
Important things to consider when planning to block Susa gorilla permits and trek this group alone and exclusively
Booking and securing all the gorilla permits for Susa gorilla group in advance
Susa gorilla family has 8 gorilla permits available for sell every day. For you to trek Susa gorilla family exclusively alone you will need to block all these permits in advance so that no other tourists books in to trek in the same gorilla family. For you to block these permits you can either pay 100%, 70% or 30% in advance the total of each permit. We recommend you block the gorilla permits atleast 3 to 4 month prior your gorilla safari date. This is because during high season permits sell out in advance on first come first serve basis. Contact us here for more details on how to book all gorilla permits for tracking Susa gorilla family in advance to enable you trek gorillas exclusively alone.
Comfortable travel to Volcanoes National Park to trek Susa gorilla group
You should consider travelling in 4×4 Land cruisers this will give you comfort on the road to Volcanoes National Park. There is also an option of flying with a helicopter to the park from Kigali.
How to Block Susa A gorilla permits and trek this group alone and exclusively.
Once you have your planned dates of travel confirmed we will need you to send us an email here so that we check for availability of trekking permits online with the Rwanda Development board once we confirm permits are available for your planned dates we will let you know so that we can send you an invoice for you to make payment for the permits. Once the payment is done and we have received it on our account we will go ahead and purchase your permits immediately and send you a scanned copy of the permits for your records and perusal, this will confirm you are booked for gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. It is advised to book your permits in advance atleast 2-3 months prior your visit given the fact these sell out very quickly on first come first serve basis.
What to wear during Trekking Susa Gorilla Family exclusively alone
You might be probably wondering what to wear for your trek of Susa gorilla family exclusively alone, below is a compiled list on what to wear;
- A long armed sweater since the park gets cold
- 2 pairs of long trousers
- Water proof hiking boots
- A hat and sun glasses depending on the weather though this is optional
- Cameras and long lasting batteries since photography are very important to keep your memories alive. Always remember to keep our flash off.
- A pair of Binoculars. This will help you to see the vast birds Bwindi impenetrable forest has among other primates
- Gardening Gloves; these will help you when you a holding onto trees are branches through the trek.
- A rain coat, the rain in Volcanoes National Park is unpredictable so to be on a safer side, you will be required to carry along a coat.
- A mosquito Repellent; since it is a forest, it has different dangerous insects so it’s advisable to carry it along or wear it
- A sun screen; Well this is optional but depending on the season, it might get too hot and you end up getting sun burns on your skin so to avoid that, you will need a sun screen.
- You should not wear very bright colors since this will charge or scare away the gorillas.
- Black and Blue colors are also not recommended since they attract Tsetse flies so I would recommend neutral colors.
How to get to volcanoes national park to trek Susa Gorilla Family exclusively alone?
The park can be accessed by road and its only 2 hours’ drive from Kigali city and about an hour drive from Cyanika boarder of Uganda and Rwanda. We use 4×4 vehicles for our all-inclusive packages that are very comfortable for your road trip to Volcanoes national park, they come with drinking water onboard, AC and driven by professional driver guides. For entry into the park, you will need to have secured permit for any of the activity of your choice or paid park entrance fees.
Where to stay in Volcanoes national Park during trekking Susa Gorilla Family exclusively alone?
There are many lodges and hotels in volcanoes national park ranging from budget to luxury, namely; Bisate lodge, Gorilla Nest and Virunga lodge are luxury options, Sabinyo silverback lodge, five volcanoes lodge, Le bamboo Mountain gorilla lodge are Midrange options to consider, Kinigi guesthouse, Hotel Muhavura and gorilla volcanoes lodge are some of the budget hotels. The hotel rooms can sell out quickly especially during the high season, your accommodation choice needs to booked in advance. You will also be able to get a discount on accommodation when you stay more nights and be treated to a great service while you stay.
What is the best time to trek Susa A gorilla group exclusively alone.
The best time to trek Susa A gorilla family exclusively alone is during the drier months of January, February, June to early September, this is makes it easier to travel to the park and gives a clear view of mountain gorillas given the vegetation cover is not too much high grown. During the other months of April, May and November which is normally a wet season this makes the vegetations grow high making the sightings unclear however during this time the treks tend to be shorter given the fact primates don’t move further distances looking for food, food is readily available in the forest compared to the dry seasons. Seeing gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is possible throughout the year given the fact it is a very well organized activity and you have 99% chances of seeing them in their natural habitat.
Why book your exclusive trekking of Susa A gorilla family with Eco Adventure Safaris.
Eco Adventure Safaris takes pride in customizing tailor made gorilla trekking safaris to Rwanda Volcanoes National Park. It has a very diligent and trust worthy team. Your queries are answered within 20minutes by our team of professional tour consultants. These consultants will make you a travel plan for you, answer to all your questions and make sure all your services are booked in advance for you to avoid inconveniences. We also have very knowledgeable safari guides depending on your language preferences. Feel free to contact us for you to trek Susa A gorilla alone and exclusively.